The director of Batgirl tried to recover a canceled film with his smartphone
Warner Bros. recently shocked the world when its new management decided to completely cancel bat girl. What makes this an unprecedented move for the industry is how the film was already finished and being edited, but now it’s all been thrown in the trash.
Voices from across the industry have spoken out on this shocking decision, including people like Justice Leagueis Ray Fisher and Shang Chiis Simu Liu. Apparently, even DC Films President Walter Hamada nearly left the studio due to this decision.
It’s understandable that so many people are upset – all that work has been thrown around unceremoniously. The work of the entire crew and cast will never be seen; Leslie Grace’s debut as Barbra Gordon is now lost forever thanks to a tax deduction.
But what are the chances that images of the project will reach the general public?
Batgirl director attempted to recover footage
In an interview translated from French with @Skript_fr on TikTok, Bilall Fallah, one of the directors of the recently canceled film bat girl film, revealed that his fellow director, Adil El Arbi, tried to get him to retrieve some of the footage from his phone.
Unfortunately, when Fallah went to the server, “everything was gone” including all scenes with Michael Keaton’s Batman:
“No, we don’t have anything. Adil called me and said, ‘Go ahead! Shoot everything on your phone!’ I went to the server… Everything was gone. [like]… ‘Holy shit!’… We don’t have [even] dungeon [the scenes] with Batman in it.”
In the same interview, the two directors confirmed that there were still additional scenes to shoot, and almost no VFX were present, so even if they wanted to, they couldn’t release a finished film:
“The guys at Warner Bros. told us it wasn’t a talent issue on our part or the actress. [Leslie Grace], or even the quality of the film. We were in the middle of editing. There was a lot of work to do, so it wasn’t like the movie was over! Warner Bros. told us the cancellation was a strategic change, a change in direction so they could save money.”
Will Batgirl really never see the light of day?
It’s hard to fathom the concept that this movie, which has been talked about for years and even went through its entire production, is just gone. Many fans are hoping that maybe one day the footage will somehow get out – it’s such a shame that Fallah couldn’t capture anything on his phone.
What makes matters worse is that since Warner Bros. canceled the film for taxes in order to quickly save money, it is now illegal for the company to release footage from the film in any capacity. Why? Well, they cannot profit from the project in any way, so any form of monetization is excluded.
If anything came out in the future it would be in the form of someone internally leaking, kind of like how dead Pool has come to.
Interestingly enough, there are reports that this isn’t the end for Leslie Grace’s Batgirl. WB is rumored to be working on getting their version of the character in a future DC Films project. Although given what they’ve done to her movie, it’s hard to see a future where the actress plays ball – put simply, she can’t trust them.